“When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I’d discovered the extracurricular activities that interested in me – music and theater.” Morgan Freeman
What do you like doing more at your school or college – studying or participating in extra curriculum?
Most of you here would choose the second option here, for sure!
Now, let me tell you:
Irrespective of the fact that we humans are interested in social activities, it has been argued constantly that extracurricular activities are not very important in child’s life.
A few statistics to consider:
A popular free online learning site, GetRevising conducted a few polls among 3000 students in the UK, aged between 14 and 21.
Questions like what impact their extracurriculum had on their academics and how difficult it as for the students to balance between their studies and activities of their personal interest, were being put before.
And guess what:
The results were shocking!
Around two-thirds of students have already left their hobby to make additional time for studying and coursework. Further, 72 percent of them accepted that they experienced a lot of pressure from their teachers and parents to drop their hobbies in order to meet academic expectations.
And then it gets worse:
Under an extreme pressure to perform well in academics, students have become zombies whose world just revolves around books, and there is no room for their development as social beings. This has definitely reached to alarming limits.
As elders, it is our responsibility to help children live a happy and healthy life. And a healthy balance of academics and extracurriculum is the only key to a successful development. Because an imbalance leads to their poor performance in whatever they do along causing them stress and anxiety.
If you think about this:
Here I am reminding you the advantages of allowing your children or students to indulge in fun activities that are good for their mental, physical and emotional health, which I’m sure you have forgotten entirely.
- Better Concentration in the Academics – When students are involved in activities that excite them make them feel happy and positive. With a positive mindset, they can better concentrate on their academics and thus can produce good results.
- Improved Social Life – “I make most of my new friends through my extracurricular activities.” ~Kiernan Shipka. Extracurricular activities at school or college often lead people to collaborate and work with people they barely know. Hence, it boosts their social life and helps them interact and communicate with people.
- Better Time Management – Students learn how to plan out their routine to balance their academics and co-curricular activities time so that they could perform well in each of these. Hence, they learn efficient time-management skills – one of the most important life lessons.
And it gets better:
- More Committed – When students participate in co-curricular activities, they develop a sense of commitment as they have to commit to whatever sports or activity they take part in. This assurance extends to all other areas of their lives too.
It’s your turn to share your views and opinions on how participating in extracurriculum has helped you in making you life better!
Thanks for your time!